AARP Foundation awards grant to United Way to help kids improve reading

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We’ve received a grant from the AARP Foundation to have volunteers age 50 and up help young kids with their reading!

United Way California Capital Region is one of only seven nonprofits across the country selected for this grant. We give a high five to our partner Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center for being another one of the grantees for this important project.

AARP Foundation, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), has awarded a generous four-year grant to United Way California Capital Region to help grow Experience Corps, the evidence based AARP Foundation literacy program that improves the reading skills of children, enriches the lives of volunteer tutors, and strengthens schools in local communities.

Almost 70 percent of students in the U.S.—about 6.6 million children—are unable to read proficiently by fourth grade. AARP Foundation Experience Corps matches volunteers age 50 and up with students in kindergarten through third grade to help them improve their reading skills. The program offers both 1:1 and small group tutoring assistance.

We know that improving children’s early literacy has a direct impact on their success in higher education, and we know that higher education is the equalizer that breaks the cycle of poverty. This subgrant will allow us to build on the success of Experience Corps’ intergenerational model and help many more children grow up prepared for success.

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